Jackin For Beats : Tony D in The Source (1992)

April 5, 2009

In the early 90’s Tony Depula was the man, with more hits than what you might think. Actually even more than he got credited for.  He got ripped off by one of the most popular rap track of the 90s. The OPP case was exposed in the Source by Matty C in february 1992 .

Tony D : Adam’s Nightmare (DivShare) (sorry for the poor quality)


Classic review : The Chronic in The Source (1993)

December 8, 2008

I’ve been doing this blog for two years now, and I just realize that I haven’t posted the Chronic review from The Source yet. The review was written by Matty c, but for some reason was signed by The Mind Squad, the collective name used by the staff writers. Published in february 1993.

Dr Dre : Dre Day extended mix (DivShare)



Classic Reviews : Dead Serious in The Source (1992)

September 30, 2008

While their style may have not aged as well as some of their Hit Squad colleagues, Das Efx first album was quite entertaining at the time. As requested here is the review ran in the Source back in may 1992, and as a bonus the letter from ?uest, a young fan from a Philadelphia group then called Square Roots, later known as The Roots…

Das Efx : They Want EFX remix (divshare)


Classic reviews : Return Of The Funky Man in The Source (1991)

September 25, 2008

Review of Lord Finesse second LP in The Source of february 1992, and the audio is the only good track from one of the worst Afrika Bambaataa albums, with Finesse, Lucien, possibly RMR from Nu Sounds/Strictly Roots, possibly True Culture and somebody else named Williams (they’re only credited under their real names on the vinyl).

Afrika Bambaataa, Lord Finesse, Lucien and some other rappers : Steppin Hard Zulu Nation (DivShare)

Behind The Rhymes : Eric B & Rakim in The Source (1990)

October 29, 2007

1990 Interview with Eric B & Rakim by Matty C & Reef, from The Source.

Eric B & Rakim : Everything’s Cool (DivShare)



Categories : Interview, Reef, Matty C.

Classic Review : People’s Instinctive Travels & The Path Of Rhythm in The Source (1990)

September 4, 2007

Rather than buy Shawn Taylor’s uninspiring book about Q-Tip’s first album, I’ll just stick to Matty C’s review from The Source. Back in may 1990 the magazine didn’t use the five mics ratings, but they re-reviewed the album in the following issue, summer 1990, this time with the classic rating.
A Tribe Called Quest : Pubic Enemy (Kool DJ Red Alert remix) (DivShare)


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Sure Shot : Tragedy’s Back To Reality review in The Source (1991)

August 27, 2007

Review of Intelligent Hoodlum’s single Back To Reality in The Source, january 1991. 

Craig G and Intelligent Hoodlum : Live and Direct from the House of Hits (DivShare)


Unsigned Hype : Saafir in The Source (1992)

August 19, 2007

Digital Underground’s, Hobo Junction’s, Golden State’s and Bay Area greatest MC ever before becoming the movie and music star that he is today, in the Unsigned Hype column,  august 1992.

Saafir : Light Sleeper (demo) (DivShare)


Categories : Bay Area, Demo, Unsigned, Matty C.

Unsigned Hype : DJ Shadow in The Source (1991)

July 3, 2007

Another Unsigned Hype frow way back, that time Matty C was reviewing a demo tape by the young DJ Shadow. It was in the june 1991 issue of The Source.

I did an interview with Shadow a couple of month ago where we discussed this tape, as well as his beginnings, how he (never) met Dave Funkenklein, how he ruined his american career etc…

It’s in French. I also have the audio (in english) somewhere. I don’t know how people who read this blog feel about audio interviews. Personally I don’t like to listen to interviews on a computer, but I could post it (and others) if you want, just let me know, leave a comment and i’ll see.

DJ Shadow : Last Stop (DivShare)

Classic Review : Organized Konfusion in The Source (1992)

June 13, 2007

Published in the Source, january of 1992, a review of Organized Konfusion first album, penned by Matty C. The audio is a track from their famous demo produced by the late Paul C, back when they called themselves Simply II Positive MC’s.

Simply II Positive aka Organized Konfusion : Mind Over Matter (demo) (DivShare)

Unsigned Hype : Mad Skillz in The Source (1994)

June 2, 2007

Profile on Virginia MC Mad Skillz in the reputable section known as Unsigned Hype from august 1994. The MP3 is from the radio session mentioned in the article.

Mad Skillz & Q-Tip : Freestyle on 89tec9 (zShare)
Mad Skillz & Q-Tip : Freestyle on 89tec9 (DivShare)


Category : Virginia, Freestyle, Matty C, Unsigned.

Unsigned Hype : Legion Of Dume in The Source (1992)

May 4, 2007

Underground favorites Legion Of Dume appeared in The Source in the Unsigned Hype column of may 1992. Funny thing is that (according to Jaz, Matty C aka Matt Life was a member of the group ! I guess nepotism has always been the norm in the mag.

Legion Of Dume : Son Of Sam (send space)
Legion Of Dume :Son Of Sam (you send it)

Categories : Matty C, Indies, Unsigned.


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